June 30, 2016

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Police: Akron man sold crack, heroin in Wadwsorth

WADSWORTH — Medina County Drug Task Force agents arrested an Akron man Wednesday night who is accused of selling heroin and crack cocaine to an undercover agent.

Mikyah Taylor, 26, was arrested at about 9 p.m. in the parking lot of a High Street business.

Mikyah Taylor

“We’d identified him as someone in Wadsworth who was selling drugs and we made contact,” task force director Gary Hubbard said. “He’d sold heroin about a week ago to the undercover agent, but he hasn’t been charged on that yet. That will go to the (Medina County) grand jury for review.”

Hubbard said Taylor is a street-level dealer but has been selling more than the agency usually sees in the Wadsworth area.

Wednesday’s heroin charge is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, while the cocaine charge is a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months. Both charges were elevated by child proximity specifications because children were nearby at the time of the sale.

Three women who were in the car Taylor drove were detained, but authorities could not determine whether they were involved and released them, Hubbard said.

The women were referred to the city prosecutor’s office for possible charges, he said.

Taylor was arraigned by video at 1 p.m. Wednesday in front of Wadsworth Municipal Court Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine.

Taylor claimed indigence and requested court-appointed legal counsel. A preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 2.

He is being held at the Medina County Jail on $30,000 bond, 10 percent.

Taylor is no stranger to the legal system. He has convictions through Summit County Common Pleas Court for having weapons under disability and felony theft in 2009, felony domestic violence and misdemeanor criminal endangering in 2008, and felony possession and felony trafficking of cocaine in 2006.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.